Posts tagged “Landscape

Chiaroscuro in Colour (Two Photographs)

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I showed these same photos in black and a white a week ago. They also work in colour, but in this case the shadows, for example, do not have the same impact as they do in black and white. In my view colour or black and white is often a choice, and both might be just as pleasing.


The Tilt (Two Photographs)

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What differentiates these shots is a slight tilt but that subtle tilt pushes your eye down the path. It’s an old trick that works most of the time in landscapes. If you put a person in the frame it will more than likely not work.

 

 


Vertiginous (Two Photographs)

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I took these because they were fun, bright and it was great time for fall colour. However, the angle is bit odd and may not be the most pleasant one for all viewers. Something to consider when shooting from unique angles.

 


A Pond in Peace (Two Photographs)

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I have never liked the look of artificially smooth water that you get using neutral density filters and long exposures. I do like the stillness of a nice pond on summer’s day, where the vision is peaceful and pastoral.


Perspective (Two Photographs)

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There are some angles of perspective that can be used in photography that are vertiginous and unpleasant. Pointing down at some subjects, for example, may mean that you have framed the subject but the viewer has to take time to compute the photograph. These two photographs come close to illustrating this because of the angle/perspective on the subject.


The Old Barn (Two Photographs)

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I like doing landscapes of farms and barns, and every year I wish I could find more. I do most of them in HDR, that is take bracketed shots and combine them in Photoshop and use the HDR to get the colour and black and white to look as natural as possible.


Bucolic (Two Photographs)

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Getting that feeling of place and time in landscape photography is a gift. I am not sure if it’s best expressed in black and white or colour but I know a bucolic scene when I see one. I hope to do more landscapes next summer.


That Place (Two Photographs)

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This is a view at the entrance to the nature reserve I frequent. In fact I have taken a lot of shots of birds from just this spot. The black and white has a bit of a sketch element to it, an effect I quite like here. Always nice to photograph a place you love.


Landscape Photography (Two Photographs)

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My opportunities for landscape photography this year have been few, but I have taken advantage of them. I have tried many of the tricks the articles talk about like leading lines, foreground objects etc.. After a while you get an idea of what works for you, the same for editing. Learn, but make it yours.


Landscape (Two Photographs)

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There is nothing quite like a great water landscape image to calm the mind, though being there in person is even better! I was not quite sure how to process this in black and white so I stuck with a classical slightly dark approach.


Twist and Turns (Two Photographs)

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I have stared at this bizarre tangle of trees on many visits to the lake and wondered if I could do it justice. I came closer this time using luminance masks (created with Greg Benz’s Lumenzia). Without luminance masks the range of highlights would have been distracting.


Farm Land (Two Photographs)

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This is me messing around with black and white photography and contrast. The two shots are of the same scene, one in portrait the other landscape format. I wanted to use the lines in the field to guide the eye deeper into the scene.


Alone (Two Photographs)

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The black and white photograph is based on the five shot colour High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo below. My metering mode was the High-Light Weighted metering. Most new cameras have exposure bracketing and many software packages can merge those into an HDR photograph. I like HDRs where it’s not evident the HDR process was used.


Relaxed (Two Photographs)

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The chairs add to this relaxing scene. The photography adds context, texture, and lighting. Eventually I will have enough photographs in this theme for another series of photographs and set of prints.


Window Display (Two Photographs)I

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I have a hard time choosing between these two versions of the same photograph. I often find that window displays, or at least part of them make for excellent and often moody photographs. They give a flavour of the neighbourhood, a taste of style and often tell a story.


Chaos (Two Photographs)

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I saw this clump of chaotic flora and immediately imagined an idea for a black and white photo. The color version needed work as it was over saturated and needed more contrast. Working on the color helped the black and white.


Rules (Three Photographs)

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I am by no means a rebel when it comes to photography. My editing is bare bones. However, I often break rules of composition, allow some part of photos to go soft, and in some cases lose parts of subject off-screen. All in an effort to make my photos more interesting. I suspect few of these “errors” are immediately noticeable. I like to experiment.


HDR Tree (Two Photographs)

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Again this is using Photoshop and Luminar 2018 as the processing programs. In this case the results were not at all what I expected in terms of the highlights but the results are fine. HDR as a means of taking down highlights did not work in colour but did in black and white. The question becomes is HDR worth it for this kind of shot. I will try a few more shots before deciding.


Processed Flowers (Two Photographs)

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These photographs were processed in HDR pro in Photoshop with a few tweaks from Skylum’s Luminar 2018. HDR has come a long way and one can expect high dynamic range programs to have more natural results than before, though in this case I am just learning to get to that point. I have tried a few filters in Luminar to pick up the detail. Less intuitive than was the case with Skylum’s now discontinued Intensity CK, which was what I have used on all my photos up till now.


HDR (Two Photographs)

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Many of you will be familiar with HDR, high dynamic range processing. It is a way to expand the amount of light your camera registers by combining more than one photo, usually three photographs, one under, one over and one properly exposed to the get this lighting detail. Often this has meant psychedelic results and efforts have been made to get a more natural look. I am game for anything and they tell me that the latest Photoshop does a great job with HDR. We’ll see. These are my first efforts.


Chairs

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This is part of an art installation on a major shopping street just a bit above where the busy shops are found. They are functional as well as art (though being metal I guess they would be very hot or very cold in our weather). I thought I’d add a bit of my own style to a part of the scene.


Garden Flowers (Two Photographs)

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Given the intense heat this summer I‘ve taken some short walks in the city to take photographs of flower gardens. Most of the gardens seem to be growing wild, certainly healthy. Some interesting shots were had. I have been selecting photographs whose histograms favour the left (darker) and then processing them normally. This seems to work well with fuji files in the adobe colour space.


Exposure Bracketing (Three Photographs)

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I once saw an educational video of a street photographer and one of his tips was to bracket shots for exposure. The Fuji XT-2 allows for this and I decided to try despite the increase in files and download time it would mean. Essentially my camera is taking three underexposed shots and one normal and three overexposed shots every time I press the shutter release. These three shots are on the darker side of the camera‘s recommended exposure. I believe the darker shots are more interesting. You learn something new everyday. I have a lot more to learn with respect to bracketing but there is something to this approach.


Something Different (Two Photographs)

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I have done a lot of sunflower photos and decided that this time I would try something different. Slightly more ominous…